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If controlling items wirelessly in your home, such as light switches, thermostats, power outlets, and more strikes you as an endeavor that’s both costly and annoyingly “techie,” you should seriously consider taking a look at the line of home-automation products offered by INSTEON. Many manufacturers tout their products as being easy to use, but INSTEON seriously embraces this concept with a... READ MORE
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Hands on Review
From the invention of the mechanical pencil to the first-ever LCD calculator, Sharp has a rich tradition of innovation that stretches over a century. It was also the first company to introduce the cellular camera phone. Sharp even used its eco-friendly silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells to make an energy-efficient, solar-powered television. As for the company’s AQUOS LCD panel technology, it... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
2 months ago
Hands on Review
As the big game approaches, you may be looking at your aging TV and thinking to yourself, “It’s time for an upgrade”—and frankly, why not? Just because you’re not at the stadium doesn’t mean you can’t have a larger-than-life experience in the middle of your living room, and have a few friends and family members over while you’re at it. While game tickets may be out of reach, a feature-packed high... READ MORE
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5 months ago
Hands on Review
At the beginning of 2013, I wrote an article about all the latest home and portable entertainment announcements that were made during CES 2013, in Las Vegas. Searching for a thread that tied the whole show together, I suggested that “total connectivity” was the pervasive theme of the year’s show. The influence of smartphones, tablets, and mobile device apps was ubiquitous. Nearly every home... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
7 months ago
Hands on Review
If you're like me, you never get tired of digital content. I appreciate having multiple options for TV shows, music, and movies. An abundance of content allows me to re-watch my favorites, as well as provide an opportunity to binge-watch something new—and lately, with so many shows being picked up on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus, the latter has been happening quite frequently (and appears to be... READ MORE
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7 months ago
Hands on Review
Let’s face it, most TVs can benefit tremendously from adding an external speaker system. While there are exceptions, typical TV speakers are simply not large enough to produce grand, well-defined sound. As TV bezels decrease in size, the speakers these TVs incorporate tend to get smaller as well. Soundbars are a great way to get a “bigger” audio experience without sacrificing much real estate.... READ MORE
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Hands on Review
The past decade has been a renaissance for TV technology. Televisions have gotten slimmer; we’ve gone from large-frame TVs like CRTs and floor-standing rear-projection models to the flat-panel displays we have on the market today. Screen sizes have also evolved, with 60-inch-plus models growing in popularity and becoming living-room staples. As screen sizes have grown, so has the demand for... READ MORE
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8 months ago
Hands on Review
The Bose® brand is synonymous with innovation. Every one of their speaker systems is as surprising as it is impressive. Bose systems are continually evolving and the company is always at the forefront of the latest trends. This year’s “next big thing” is definitely the rise of the wireless whole-house audio system and the Bose SoundTouch™ line is one of the most impressive and unique multi-room... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
8 months ago
Hands on Review
When I think of the Bose® brand, two things come to mind: their passionate and loyal customer base and their unique approach to building speaker systems. There are plenty of consumers around the world who swear by their systems and consider them to be some of the highest-quality audio products available. This loyalty is reflected in their sales numbers, which have made Bose one of the industry... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
8 months ago
Hands on Review
In the realm of multi-room wireless audio systems, the Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi System has dominated the marketplace for quite some time. There are many reasons to love this system, but chief among them is that it offers both a hardware and software system that works together seamlessly, making it easy to set up and... READ MORE
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8 months ago
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Waxing Poetic Ah, physical media. Vinyl. LPs. EPs. 45s. 78s. Wondrous words for older music fans and dyed-in-wool Luddites, but surely out of step in this age of instant music downloads and cloud-based media streaming—or are they? Make no mistake: for some diehard music fanatics downloading an mp3 will forever play second fiddle to the joy of acquiring a shiny circle of vinyl. And despite all the... READ MORE
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By Dave Shim |
8 months ago
Hands on Review

Whether you’re a sports fan or a movie lover, the DISH Tailgater Bundle with ViP 211k HD Receiver allows you to enjoy your television programming outside the confines of your living room. Using a DISH subscription, you can pair this bundle with a TV and a power outlet, and you’re on your way to watching television at a campsite or in the stadium parking lot.

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8 months ago
Hands on Review
LG’s long pedigree of television and external display manufacturing goes back more than 50 years. In the 1960s, shortly after the company’s birth, LG (then GoldStar) began to manufacture Korea’s first home-grown, tube-based televisions.

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By Brian Klem |
1 year ago
Hands on Review

LG's 100" HECTO Laser LCD TV Projector and 55" curved OLED TV provided the brand’s major highlights at this year’s CES trade show in Las Vegas. However, the company’s new 2013 lineup of DVD/Blu-ray players and home theater systems offered an equally progressive and inspired vision from one of the consumer electronics industry leaders.

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1 year ago
Hands on Review

Last week a peculiarly shaped device appeared on my desk. It was a compact, solid square box with a rather alien aesthetic, by which I mean it looked like something out of a Star Trek episode. The perfectly square cube was dark gray with long diagonal grooves across its entire surface.

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By Brian Klem |
1 year ago

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